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Geek Love Audiobook

Geek Love

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Publisher's Summary

No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special". As the oldest daughter, albino dwarf Olympia, puts listeners in the ring-side seat, her family's incredible drama erupts and spills over into the "normal" world.

Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.

©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books

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    Emma Reisch 09-11-15
    Emma Reisch 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a surprise"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an oddly touching story about love and family. The characters are unique and beautifully flawed and although there are times the story is shocking and grand, it never stops feeling intimate.


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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 08-20-15
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow! What an imagination"

    This book is like nothing I've ever read or could have ever imagined. It was a strange, twisted, bizarre testament of love. And I liked it!

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-29-13
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "I get glimpses of the horror of normalcy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great, I mean gritty great, psychologically disturbing,but mind blowingly great character development... the twisted psyche of the family members is absolutely enamoring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Geek Love?

    Too many, one would have to be Mungo's demise and Ms Lick's last foot bath.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    Olympia, absolutely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me think, cringe, laugh, wonder, contemplate and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended to those out there who appreciate the dark side of human psyche, those who can appreciate twisted beauty outside the mainstream and those of you who enjoy a true story that will leave you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia United States 08-30-13
    Felicia United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected"
    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Weirdly charming bool


    Would you be willing to try another book from Katherine Dunn? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would be willing to try another. She did a good job of getting the reader/listener to relate to characters that were way out there.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, so I can't compare. But I thought she was a great narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Geek Love and why?

    Ollie. The main character. You got to know her best and could see everything from her point of view.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not what I expected. I was expecting more of a love story and a kind of a twisted sort of fairytale. I guess in a way it was that. It was an interesting story for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie East Granby, CT, United States 11-05-12
    Marjorie East Granby, CT, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I would recommend, but not my favorite book."
    If you could sum up Geek Love in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, specific, unforgettable.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    The mom. I found her to be the most confusing, and yet not entirely unlikeable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it was not really that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book evidently has a cult following. The reason I chose it was because I had read a review in People magazine. Nora Jones had listed it as her favorite book, and when I read more about it, people were saying it is a book they have read multiple times. I am not in that cult. It was different, but not my kind of book. I recommend books if they are well written and have something worth saying. This is a book that has something to say. Not a waste of time, but not my choice of "must reads".

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    Shannon United States 03-22-12
    Shannon United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2009

    S. J. Swan

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    "A Guilty Pleasure"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I hated what happened to the twins.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is so wrong, but yet you can't stop listening to it. It's like watching something on youtube, you know you should be offended, but you find you have to know what happens to all of these people.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she did a good job distiguishing the different characters and their personalities.


    Do you think Geek Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The book takes you full circle and gives a final ending.


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    karen 11-06-13
    karen 11-06-13
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    "Terrible!!"
    Would you try another book from Katherine Dunn and/or Christina Moore?

    Not a chance. I think the writing was terrible. The characters were too poorly written for me to have any interest in what happened to them. I feel that the author was using the grotesque to sell books. I was actually upset by the time wasted listening to this thing.
    Clearly, many people like this book. It is not for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Moore’s performances?

    Nope. I feel like the voices were over done and really hard to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Funny question! Mostly anger and disappointment.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 03-10-11
    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 03-10-11 Member Since 2010

    part time gourmet, full time nerd

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    "not bad, but not great"

    The author paints a very graphic picture of a family of circus freaks, describing their unique life through the eyes of the middle daughter. The culture and assumed normalcy of the family is fascinating.

    However the pace of the story was sometimes difficult and I wish the time line wasn't so jerky. I also felt like some of the language was excessive, using extravagant cuss words or harsh graphic detail just to keep the reader (listener) uncomfortable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cassandra 01-29-16
    cassandra 01-29-16
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    "sick"
    Would you try another book from Katherine Dunn and/or Christina Moore?

    I hate this book. It is so sick and criminal to purposely breed genetic deformities. There was nothing entertaining about this nauseating book in the least.


    What was most disappointing about Katherine Dunn’s story?

    all the story line


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lol 10-08-15
    lol 10-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "annoying and boring"

    the story dragged on and on and on. It could have been half the time and then it would have been more tolerable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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